By Vanessa Richins
I guess I’m just a big kid.
I love to place tomatoes in my mouth and squeeze until the seeds pop out.
There’s just something so amusing about doing this.
However, I wouldn’t be able to do that with one of Burpee’s new tomatoes for the 2009 season. Dubbed “Sweet Seedless,” it is the first tasty seedless tomato.
It took them 6 years to perfect the Sweet Seedless. In previous experiments, plant breeders had been able to produce tomatoes that were seedless, but they didn’t taste good, or have a good texture.
In addition to being tasty and seedless with a good texture, the Sweet Seedless is resistant to diseases and hardy.
This may bring a question to your mind. If the Sweet Seedless is indeed seedless (a tongue twister!), then how do you get the seeds to grow them? The answer lies in genetics. Through careful breeding, scientists can produce a plant type called a triploid. The fruit produced from these triploid seeds will be sterile and not produce mature seeds.
So why would you even really need seedless tomatoes? Evidently, some people have bad digestive reactions after eating tomato seeds. With Sweet Seedless, they would be able to enjoy tomatoes as much as we do. It would also make it easier for those who cook with tomatoes and prefer to take the seeds out.
Look for the Sweet Seedless to be featured in Burpee’s 2009 catalog. You can order your own copy.
Will you be buying “Sweet Seedless” seeds next year?